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Amanda Pennington's on screen adaptation of Pulitzer  Prize winning poet, activist and feminist Edna St. Vincent Millay's poem, "What Lips My Lips Have Kissed" is a breath-taking, dramatic, artistic vision. Millay was a visionary of her time, and this vision is perfectly captured in Pennington's film short LILLIAN.

Having had many lovers, Millay's evocative poetry is a reflection of those numerous affairs and the depth of emotion is ever present in “ LILLIAN” Lillian takes place in 1945 and flashes back to a torrid affair that Lillian had with artist Frances in 1918. It explores homosexuality at the turn of the century and the heightened pressure of being "found out". During that time, if a person was deemed a homosexual, they would have been imprisoned, if not worse. In fact, the Society for Human Rights wasn't founded until 1924 in Chicago, 5 years after the main action of Lillian. Today, in 70 of 195 countries, sodomy laws are still in place. 

The filming of “LILLIAN” takes place in the historic, Prospect Park in Brooklyn and surrounding Park Slope with an award winning cast and crew.  

 With your support, we will be able to bring Lillian to life capturing the essence of this time period. This film will bring awareness to our history as a country and show how far we have come as a society. In order to keep the integrity of the period, we will use the funding to not only provide beautiful storytelling but to also provide you with a true sense of the time with proper costume and set design capturing the two worlds of 1945 and 1918. 

Thank you for contributing to this project and on behalf of the cast and crew, we are deeply grateful and humbled.

Much Love,
Amanda Pennington

Lillian Trailer a film inspired by "What Lips My Lips Have Kissed" by Edna St. Vincent Millay from amanda pennington on Vimeo.


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NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts